God’s Promises — Our Response
The Apostle Paul stated, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.“ II Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) Note the emphasis in this verse that God’s promises are “yes” and “amen.” But we also see that His promises work “to the glory of God through you.” All of us at AIMS thank God for His promises. His “yes” and “amen” have sustained this ministry. The result has been thousands of churches planted by the indigenous partners we have trained and over 2.2 million souls brought to Christ.
A few months ago, our team went through a prayerful and lengthy discussion on what is “the core of the core” of AIMS. The following “Promise Statement” is the result of that discussion. It is based on God’s promises, His “Yes and Amen!” In turn, it represents our commitment and promise to God, allowing Him to work “to the glory of God through us.”
AIMS Promise Statement
AIMS is called by Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, to be a biblically based, visionary organization, dedicated to empower the local and global church, equipping them with innovative training, dynamic resources, and pioneering strategies. We help the least, the last, and the lost peoples in the world achieve transformational life-change, by mobilizing the local church and connecting them with indigenous leaders and international partners. These partners work together in purposeful, strategic partnerships to obey the Great Commandment by loving people and engaging in Great Commission activities.
Please note the words that are highlighted in blue. Every word and thought contained in this Promise Statement was very carefully chosen and prayerfully considered. We believe that this Promise Statement accurately reflects AIMS and its core values.
The “Core of the Core”
A Strategic Joint Venture
As we prayerfully considered what our “core” had been for the past twenty plus years, we realized that we needed to consider and define how our “core,” our fundamental, non- negotiable values of ministry, would apply to the future. AIMS has a long history of partnering with other ministries to accomplish its Promise Statement. Our partnerships have included: rallies with CBN to help start churches in the Former Soviet Union; fellowships in the U.S to help them mobilize for strategic missions; and partnerships overseas, as in Ethiopia with 27 church denominations, to help them to send out missionaries, in addition to multiple other countries.
Since moving to Colorado and networking with many other ministries, we have found a ministry here in Colorado that has our same DNA and is so similar to us in mission and purpose that we have decided work with them in a “joint venture” to meet our common goals. This group is headed up by Fred Markert, a dear brother, and the organization is The Network for Strategic Initiatives, a division of YWAM. Contrast that name against our name, Accelerating International Missions Strategies, and you immediately begin to see the commonality. The only real change for you, our prayer partners and supporters, will be a change of address (see below) and a reporting of combined efforts.
We always receive more invitations to do our training overseas than we can possibly meet. We simply do not have enough representatives available to travel to all of the countries for which we have invitations. NSI and YWAM have people all over the globe and we will be training many of them in our seminars and teachings. They will be able to help us multiply our outreach many times beyond that which we are able to do now. For example, a major goal for 2012 is to train 100 YWAM leader/trainers in our AIMS Equipping for the Harvest (EFTH) training and see them do EFTH all over the world. Pray with us for a great harvest!
In exchange, they will make available to us various infrastructure resources. There are many more aspects of this joint venture, but let it be said, that this is a combining of strengths, and the meeting of needs for both organizations that does not put either group at either an advantage or a disadvantage. It is mutually beneficial for both parties and we believe makes each a better steward of both the human and financial resources of each organization.
If you have any questions about this new relationship with NSI, feel free to contact us here in Colorado Springs at 719-266-3737 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.